Cash Still Needed for Charity Campaign

ITV’s This Morning celebrity doctor, Dr Chris Steele, has backed a local charity’s fundraising campaign to build a new ‘Home from Home’ within the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge.

The Sick Children’s Trust, which provides free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for families whose children are seriously ill in hospital, launched a cash fundraising appeal back in March to help families of sick children across the East of England, but is still someway off its £409,241 goal.

The charity needs to raise the money to build a new eight-bedroomed ‘Home from Home’ within the Rosie Hospital as part of its multimillion-pound redevelopment to double its size.

Dr Chris said: “I am happy to lend my support to such a wonderful cause. ‘Homes from Home’ like this new accommodation The Sick Children’s Trust will offer at the Rosie Hospital are vital to the wellbeing of the child and the family unit as a whole.  The impact of having your family around you when you are ill should never be underestimated and plays an essential role in the healing process.”

This new ‘Home from Home’ takes the total of The Sick Children’s Trust houses across the UK to eight.  The new building will be completed in June 2012.

Jane Featherstone, Head of Fundraising for The Sick Children’s Trust added: “Even though we have had amazing support from families who have used our houses and the local people in the Cambridge area, we are still someway off our target so really need all the backing we can get to reach our goal so that we can provide support to an additional 300 families each year.”

“We are urging everyone out there to get behind us, in particular people can support our Buy a Brick campaign and purchase one of the bricks as part of the new house so they will always be part of the project.”

How you can help

 If you want to buy a brick to support the appeal the cost is:

Standard Brick £25 – receive a personalised certificate for your part in supporting this exciting appeal

Silver Brick £100 – as above, plus your name will be added to a special donor register sited in the new house

Gold Brick £500 – as above, plus you will be invited to a special event to be hosted by The SCT at the new house once it opens

Platinum Brick £5,000 – as above, plus your name will be featured on a glass plaque displayed in the new house

The charity’s Cambridge fundraising committee has lots of events and exciting activities coming up as part of its autumn programme including:

  • 20 September – Tea Party – “top tips for interior design in your home”

Carolyn Smith, interior designer and owner of Rosanagh Grinton Design, will advise us on interior design ideas to improve our homes. Gift stalls from 13.30hr followed by talk at 14.00hr., Freemasons’ Hall, Bateman Street, Cambridge. Tickets £10.00 (includes afternoon tea)

  • 11 October – Galileo Galilei – a personal life

Peter Watson, retired eye surgeon, will give an illustrated talk about the fascinating personal life of Galileo, the astronomer, mathematician and founder of experimental science. Wine reception 19.30hr followed by talk at 20.00hr, Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge. Tickets £10.00 (includes wine)

  • 22 October – Quiz Evening

Join us for an exciting quiz evening. Enter a team of 6-8 people or simply apply as an individual and join others to form a team on the night. A splendid prize awaits the winning team. Wines sponsored by Felicity Wilson, Midsummer Wines of Linton. Reception at 18.30hr; quiz starts at 19.15hr, Freemasons’ Hall, Bateman Street, Cambridge. Tickets £12.00 (includes wine & ploughman’s supper)

For more information: Please contact Sarah Wallace on 020 7931 8695 or email sarah@sickchildrenstrust.org

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